Visitors from all 50 states traveled to see the exhibition of 131 works by Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher. The North Carolina Museum of Art’s exhibition “The Worlds of M. C. Escher,” which closed Sunday, attracted 116,565 visitors in just 14 weeks. It is the highest attended exhibition since 2011’s “Rembrandt in America”, which drew 150,905 visitors.
“During ‘The Worlds of M. C. Escher’ we welcomed visitors from all but four counties in North Carolina and from all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico. We had international visitors from across the globe, from France and the UK all the way to Argentina and Australia!,” says Museum Director Lawrence J. Wheeler. “We are thrilled with the success of this blockbuster exhibition. Not only did we exceed our attendance goals, but we were also able to engage with a wonderfully curious and imaginative audience, some of whom had never visited the Museum before.”
“The Worlds of M. C. Escher”, open Oct. 17, 2015, through Jan. 24, 2016, brought an average of 1,371 visitors per day to the Museum. During the highest attended week (Jan. 10-16), 18,314 visitors attended the exhibition.
The Museum’s concurrent exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and the Creative Mind”, which featured a rare 500-year-old journal handwritten and illustrated by Leonardo, drew 87,956 visitors. It closed on Jan. 17, while “The Worlds of M. C. Escher” was extended one week to Jan. 24.
The Museum offered free admission to college students every Friday night during the exhibition, and 3,000 college students took advantage of the promotion.
The NCMA is now looking forward to two exciting exhibitions opening on Mar. 19 – “American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals” and “Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art”. “American Impressionist” features 39 breathtaking oil and watercolor paintings created by Childe Hassam on the Isles of Shoals, while “Marks of Genius” includes master drawings, watercolors, gouaches, and pastels dating from the Middle Ages to the present.
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